After Bathinda bus blaze, PRTC issues instructions on maintenance
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After Bathinda bus blaze, PRTC issues instructions on maintenance

The PRTC depot managers across state have been asked to ensure servicing of buses, no loose wirings; staff being trained for emergency situations

punjab Updated: May 15, 2017 16:39 IST
Navrajdeep Singh
Navrajdeep Singh
Hindustan Times, Patiala
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PRTC managing director Manjit Singh Narang says that they have no authority to check safety measures in private buses.(HT File Photo)

A day after three people were charred to death in a bus due to a fire incident, the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) has given strict instructions to its general managers to ensure maintenance of buses so as to avoid such untoward incidents.

On Saturday, a private air conditioned bus, owned by Raiya Transport Company (RTC), coming from Bathinda to Ludhiana caught fire in Rampura Phul town of Bathinda district. The fire started from the rear end of the bus, where the engine is housed, and spread through the bus immediately. As many as 23 people received serious burn injuries.

Terming the Rampura incident as unfortunate, PRTC managing director Manjit Singh Narang said that all general managers have been directed to ensure that all heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) buses be checked technically by the workshop staff before deputing the same on route. The PRTC has nine depots across state and has a fleet of total 1,075 buses, including 40 HVAC buses. It has also planned to add 25 new HVAC buses to its fleet in the near future.

“The general managers have also been instructed to adequately maintain the job cards on the buses, especially on the regular buses, and to ensure that there are no loose wirings in the engine and in the air condition system so that fire incident such as the one in Rampura Phul, can be averted on roads,” Narang said.

He added that the instructions should be followed for private buses hired by the PRTC under KM scheme, as well.

“As per the monthly roaster, every AC bus is put off road for at least two days for maintenance and servicing. But sometimes, drivers skip such practice and continued plying the same buses on the roads. The depot managers should ensure that the roaster should be followed strictly and there should be no negligence at any stage,” Narang further said.

“The workshop in-charge staff concerned will be personally responsible if any such incident happens in any of the corporation’s buses,” he said.

Meanwhile, instructions related to safety measures, including swift hydraulic doors and safety equipments are also being passed on to the officials concerned. However, for inspection of private buses, the managing director said that PRTC has no authority to check the safety measures in private buses.

First Published: May 15, 2017 16:39 IST